VLWIR SLS Digital FPA and Camera for Imaging Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W909MY-13-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number:
A13A-014-0354
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
A13A-T014
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
QmagiQ, LLC
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, Nashua, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
168454770
Principal Investigator
 Mani Sundaram
 CEO
 (603) 821-3092
 msundaram@qmagiq.com
Business Contact
 Axel Reisinger
Title: CTO
Phone: (603) 821-3092
Email: areisinger@qmagiq.com
Research Institution
 MIT - Lincoln Laboratory
 Megan Blackwell
 244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA, 02420-9108
 (781) 981-1602
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
QmagiQ and MIT-LL propose to partner to develop a very longwave infrared (VLWIR) digital focal plane array (DFPA) and camera for imaging spectroscopy applications. The DFPA will be based on Type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice (SLS) photodiodes with>13 micron cutoff, hybridized to a 640x480 digital readout integrated circuit (DROIC). In Phase I , QmagiQ will develop a 13 micron cutoff detector with the goal of high quantum efficiency and a low dark current that drops to acceptable levels on cooling to ~ 45K. Performance will be demonstrated on test devices and on MIT-LL's 256x256 DROIC which permits better-passivated pixels and which can tolerate higher dark currents while yielding good signal-to-noise. MIT-LL will characterize the DFPA. In Phase II, QmagiQ will increase array format to 640x480 and work with MIT-LL to package the DFPA into a compact digital camera that will be delivered to DOD for evaluation. The camera may be particularly useful in an infrared hyperspectral imaging system for the stand-off detection of homemade explosives.

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